17th > October > 2011 Archive

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Vivid commits to east coast rollout

4G network operator vividwireless remains committed to extending its network coverage across the Eastern states over the next year, and has signed data centre and dark fibre provider Vocus Communications for a multi-year IP transit deal.
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And they're off! Day one at the solar races

WSC Yesterday, 37 solar cars set off from State Square in Darwin, NT for the start of the 3,000km 2011 World Solar Challenge across the Australian continent. El Reg's Special Projects Bureau was there to wave them off...
Drew Cullen, 17 Oct 2011
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Why so shy on pay-by-wave, Nokia?

Nokia has launched a new website promoting Near Field Communications without any mention of the pay-by-wave systems that have got everyone else so excited.
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2011
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Voda in 3G blackhole probe by ASA

Serious network problems in Glasgow have left Vodafone customers with a dicky 3G service for at least six months, according to a complaint the Advertising Standards Agency is investigating.
Anna Leach, 17 Oct 2011
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House of Marley Exodus headphones

Geek Treat of the Week As soon as I saw the Exodus headphones I wanted them, and now that I’ve heard them – well, I’m just jammin’ till the jam is through.
Cliff Joseph, 17 Oct 2011
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MIT boffin: Salted disks hold SIX TIMES more data

A Singapore researcher claims that disk drives could hold six times more data by adding table salt to a bit-patterned media (BPM) process.
Chris Mellor, 17 Oct 2011
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Sesame Street YouTube page hijacked by smut pushers

Deviant hackers broke into the Sesame Street channel on YouTube on Sunday to replace child-friendly movies of fluffy puppets with hardcore porn.
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2011

Samsung demands iPhone 4S ban in Japan and Oz

Despite setbacks in three patent battles with Apple last week, Samsung has come out fighting today by filing for preliminary injunctions on the iPhone 4S in Japan and Australia.
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OpenSUSE 12.1 delivers Fedora punch with GNOME 3

Review The big news in openSUSE 12.1, whose first beta has recently dropped, is the arrival of GNOME 3 – in this case GNOME 3.2.
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Back to the Future DeLorean to go under the hammer

Doc Brown may have used his tool kit on the car many a time, but the DeLorean from Back to the Future is now going under a different kind of hammer. The time-travelling vehicle is up for auction later this year, wealthy fans of the film series will be excited to know.
Caleb Cox, 17 Oct 2011
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Public sector cloud looms, but who wants it?

It appeared to fall off the radar for a while, but the plan for the G Cloud has gone back to the top of the government's IT agenda.
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1m iPad 3s being built this quarter, says analyst

Apple's contract manufacturers have started punching out parts for the iPad 3.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2011
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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S Android smartphone

Review Sony Ericsson’s first Xperia smartphones could hardly be called stylish but the new 2011 models are a different kettle of fish. The latest, called the Arc S is quite simply gorgeous. Along with the original Arc and the new Xperia Ray, the Arc S may well qualify as one of the prettiest handsets ever made.
Alun Taylor, 17 Oct 2011
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Self Service BI: Would you, should you?

Expert Clinic We asked last week for your expert views on the state of self-service business intelligence.
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Oct 2011

iPad baby baffled by paper magazine

Video Youth is not wasted on the young. But apparently paper is, and so are static and archaic publishing models that don't involve pinching and poking. This baby is so used to an iPad that old-fashioned dead-tree media is just baffling.
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Virgin Media broadband in two-day wobble

Virgin Media customers in London and the South East have been rocked by internet outages that cut them off from big sites including Wikipedia, Yahoo! and the Guardian yesterday and this morning. Reg readers bombarded our inbox to report pockets of dicky service, which seemed to start on Sunday morning and is still ongoing for some people.
Anna Leach, 17 Oct 2011
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RIM hopes to distract punters with free pretties

RIM is to hand out free apps to appease its beleaguered customers, along with free technical support so next time the network collapses a human being can tell you you're screwed.
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2011
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Firefox preps native Android interface

The Firefox interface on Android is going native – for snappier performance and to gobble less memory.
Gavin Clarke, 17 Oct 2011
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Bog builder pushes out poo-powered motorbike

Japan's leading toilet manufacturer has really pushed the float out with its promotional activities, creating a poo-powered motorcycle with its own built-in lav-look seat.
Caleb Cox, 17 Oct 2011

Boffins whip up SELF-WIRING chip

Boffins have developed a new nanoscale material that could potentially allow computers to rewire themselves according to the user's needs.
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Survey: '4 million' Brits stung by ID theft

Consumers continue to be complacent about identity theft despite growth of the crime, which has claimed four million victims in the UK alone.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2011
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Leo DiCaprio slated to play Turing in biopic

Warner Bros has outbid other film studios to secure the rights to a script on the life of Alan Turing.
John Leyden, 17 Oct 2011
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Apple: 4m iPhone 4S handsets sold, thank you very much

Apple sold 4m iPhone 4S handsets this past Friday and over the weekend, it claimed today.
Tony Smith, 17 Oct 2011
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Gartner: Acer's glory days may be over

Gartner reckons the inventory debacle at Acer may have permanently cost the vendor its position near the summit of the PC market.
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2011

MacBook case fabs kick up a right stink

Taiwanese parts supplier Catcher Technology has been forced to close down some of its production systems in China's Suzhou province after local residents complained to the authorities about "odours" coming from its factories.
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Three questions that could put out Amazon's Fire

A US congressman is pushing Amazon for details of its cloud-based browsing, Silk, specifically asking what data the company is gathering and how it intends to make use of it.
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2011
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Bushfire halts solarcar race in its tracks

WSC Great excitement on day 2 of the 2011 World Solar Challenge - a bush fire halted the 3000km race across Australia for several hours.
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Appro notches up another Los Alamos super deal

Supercomputer maker Appro International has lassoed itself another supercomputer win at the US Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory.
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Verizon users must 'opt in' for privacy

US operator Verizon Wireless is to log, and sell, customers' browsing and location history, unless the customers specifically opt out of being tracked at every turn.
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2011

IBM big iron OSes treated to spit and polish

Mainframe hardware got a refresh at the high end last year and in the midrange this year, but that is it for this level of big iron from IBM for a while. However there are plenty of enhancements the company will add to its mainframe operating systems to keep its largest customers happy – and therefore happy enough to pay the premiums that IBM commands for its mainframe iron.
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Steve Jobs memorial brings out tech titans... and Bono

Tech world supremos Larry Page, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Michael Dell and Apple's Tim Cook and Scott Forstall made an appearance at the secret memorial for Steve Jobs held in Stanford University yesterday.
Anna Leach, 17 Oct 2011
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US telcos agree to warn users before they bust their tariff

US network operators have bowed to public pressure, and the FCC, by agreeing to send out notifications every time a user pops their bundled allocation of minutes, messages and data.
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2011
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WD: Thailand floods worse than feared

WD is expecting flooding in Thailand to "significantly impact" disk drive availability this quarter after the situation deteriorated.
Paul Kunert, 17 Oct 2011
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Microsoft updates Intune to patch cloud pitch

Microsoft has updated its Intune management suite, adding support for third party application patches and better hardware-management capabilities.
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2011
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Pumped-up radio telescope seeks new moniker

The prosaically named Very Large Array radio-telescope installation is getting a substantial upgrade – and the boffins who tend it have decided that it needs a new name to go with its formidable facelift.
Rik Myslewski, 17 Oct 2011
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US military debated hacking Libyan air defenses

The Obama administration intensely debated whether to hack the computer networks that run Libya's air-defense system in the days leading up to the US-led strikes against Qaddafi forces, The New York Times reports.
Dan Goodin, 17 Oct 2011
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SGI inks reseller deal with Cloudera

Silicon Graphics is chasing elephants – stuffed elephants, that is – and it has enlisted Cloudera as a partner in its big-data safari.
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LibreOffice plans ports to iOS, Android, cloud

The Document Foundation, which is developing the LibreOffice software suite, has demonstrated the business software working entirely in the browser for cloud applications, and has announced that it will also port it to Android and iOS.
Iain Thomson, 17 Oct 2011
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Wireless industry bows to 'bill shock' rules

Bowing to pressure from the US Federal Communications Commission, mobile service providers have agreed on a set of guidelines designed to prevent unexpected wireless charges that induce what's become known as "bill shock".
Rik Myslewski, 17 Oct 2011
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IBM's mainframe upgrade cycle weakens

With IBM missing Wall Street's expectations for revenue growth in its third quarter by $103m, a sell-off in after-hours trading was already underway and will no doubt be in full swing when the market opens up tomorrow.